Agatha Achukwu, a corps member, serving in Nasarawa State has donated a science laboratory block to the Government Secondary School, GSS, Tundu Kauri, and desks to Lafia East Primary School, to address inadequate infrastructure in the schools.
Speaking with newsmen on Thursday in Lafia, Achukwu said she was touched when told the West Africa Examination council (WAEC) denied science students a centre due to lack of functional laboratory.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that GSS Tundu Kauri has not had a science laboratory for teaching of practicals since its establishment in 2002 , to complement the theoretical aspects of science.
According to her, the donation is part of her community development project executed in the state.
“I scouted for projects that the community really needs, I discovered that the school was denied a centre by WAEC for its science students, due to lack of science laboratory over the years.
“Hence the donation of this laboratory block, which comprises two classrooms, biology, physics and chemistry laboratories to put an end to this denial.
“On Lafia East Primary School, I observed that the pupils were sitting on bare floor during my survey, hence the need for donation of these desks to enhance their learning,’’ she said.
While appreciating management of the schools, the sponsors and the host community for their support towards the success of the projects, she said she was fulfilled to witness the commissioning of the projects.
Fatima Idris, Principal GSS Tundu Kauri, said Achukwu hadwiped away the tears of the school by the donation of the science laboratory.
According to her, the school has been yearning to have laboratory over the years, as science cannot be taught in the classroom alone without practical experiments.
Zainab Isah, Nasarawa State Coordinator, National Youth Service Corps, commended the corps member for distinguishing herself among her peers.
Mrs Isah who was represented by Yakubu Usman, applauded the corps member and charged others to emulate her.
Some students, Emmanuel Geoffrey and Ikene Ojia, who spoke with NAN separately, expressed appreciation to the corps member, saying that the stress of writing WAEC practicals outside the school had been addressed.
NAN reports that Agatha Achukwu, in the cause of her service in Nasarawa State had executed 18 projects, free medical screening, donation of sanitation materials to the markets, various health enlightenment programmes, and breastfeeding campaign among others.